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Sharon Bowman 775-749-5247 SBowperson@aol.com www.Bowperson.com \u00a9 2003

Learning - not just listening but real learning - is like a journey through an ever-changing land- scape. You know where you want to end up, you know some of the things you can expect along the way, but you\u2019re never really sure what you\u2019re going to find as you stride confidently along. Things change - land that once was dry is now wet, paths that used to be visible have now disappeared, a boulder blocks your trail, you find a shortcut but you\u2019re not convinced it will lead you to your final destination.

Being the savvy traveler you are, you take two tools with you that will keep you on your path and that guarantee you won\u2019t get off course or lost along the way. Your first tool is a directional compass. Your second tool is a map, which has the compass points as its foundation.

As a trainer, you can also use these two tools to design an ef- fective learning experience for others. In fact, using these tools ensures that your learners will not only HEAR what you have to say, but will REMEMBER it and USE it after the learning session is over.

With the training compass and
map, you will be able to:
* Designlearning experiences
more easily and in a shorter pe-
riod of time.
Let the Compass be Your Guide:
Two Powerful Training Design and Delivery Tools.
from:The Ten-Minute Trainer.
By Sharon L. Bowman, MA
Professional Speaker and Corporate Trainer
Director, The Lake Tahoe Trainers Group

P.O. Box 564, Glenbrook, NV 89413
Phone: 775-749-5247 Fax: 775-749-1891
E-Mail: SBowperson@aol.com Web-Site: www.Bowperson.com

Let the Compass Be Your Guide:
Two Powerful Training Design and Delivery Tools.
SharonBowman 775-749-5247 SBowperson@aol.com www.Bowperson.com \u00a92003
* Deliver training that is based

on how humans REALLY learn, and that honors the different learning needs of your audience.

* Keep your learners motivated,
interested, and involved in their
own learning.
* Use a simple yet powerful

\u201cblueprint\u201d for every presenta- tion or training, regardless of the length of the session, the size or age of your audience, or the topic of your talk.

Of course, by now you\u2019re asking, \u201cWhat IS this compass? This map? How do they work?\u201d

The answer is: You already know what they are. You use them, or parts of them in every training you facilitate.

The compass and map are natural teaching tools that all effective trainers use, whether they know it or not. Both tools are simply metaphors for how people learn - the natural steps along the way, the signposts that indicate where the learners are in the journey, and the stages that must be pre- sent for real learning to take place.

By the way, a lot of research ex- ists about these powerful training tools. David Kolb, in his book

Experiential Learning,calls
them \u201cthe natural learning cy-
cle.\u201d InThe Accelerated Learn-
ing Handbook,author David
Meier labels them \u201cthe four
phases of learning.\u201d InAbout

Bernice McCarthy re- fers to them as \u201cthe format cycle of learning.\u201d And in Sharon Bowman\u2019s bookHow To Give It

So They Get It,

they are basic components of \u201cthe learning styles map.\u201d

Begin with True North.

All learning begins with Self. All learning begins with the learner figuring out what it is he wants to learn, what it is he already knows about the topic, and what it is he needs to know in order to get to where he wants to go.

Learning begins with the learner\u2019s own appraisal of all these pieces of Self. Whether he is a child learning to read or ride a bike, a teenager learning to drive a car or write a term paper,

Let the Compass Be Your Guide:
Two Powerful Training Design and Delivery Tools.
SharonBowman 775-749-5247 SBowperson@aol.com www.Bowperson.com \u00a92003

or an adult learning to do his taxes, or ski, or run a new com- puter program, learning is first an inner journey of desire and con- nections, and then an outer one of information and action.

The compass point North repre- sents SELF. It is the first place learning begins. As a trainer, you want your learners to connect to their own personal goals for be- ing in the training: what moti- vates them to learn about this topic, what they want to get from the learning, and where they want to go with it in their own lives. You want them to connect with their own prior knowledge about the subject, and what else they need to learn about it in or- der to get to where they want to go.

Move to the East.

From True North or SELF, the learner moves to the East, or OTHERS. The learner now seeks out others to help her learn. She finds out what they know and how that all fits with what she already knows. She defines her goals a bit more. She gets ready to move in the direction of her goals. She makes connections with others - comfortable con- nections that create a safe and supportive \u201clearning commu- nity.\u201d

As a trainer, you know how im- portant these connections are. You make sure that learners con- nect with each other early in the learning experience so that they can learn from each other. This supportive community enriches and strengthens the learning that will take place later in the jour- ney.

Go to the South.

Now new information is added to the mix. The learner takes in this new information on many levels - by hearing it, seeing it, talking about it, experiencing it, thinking about it, responding to it, asking questions about it, and adding it to what he already knows.

The compass point South repre- sents INFORMATION. As a trainer, you make sure your learners not only hear the con- cepts you\u2019re teaching, but that they also interact with the new material in a variety of ways. You know that the more you in- volve your learners as you pre- sent new information to them, the more they will remember and use that information later.

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